Did you know that Irena Sendler saved 2,500 Jewish children during World War II?
Irena Sendler (commonly referred to as Irena Sendlerowa in Poland; 15 February 1910 – 12 May 2008) was a Polish Catholic social worker who served in the Polish Underground and the Żegota resistance organization in German-occupied Warsaw during World War II.
Assisted by some two dozen other Żegota members, Sendler saved 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto, providing them with false documents, and sheltering them in individual and group children’s homes outside the Ghetto.
Irena and others used many methods to smuggle children out. There were five main means of escape:
1. Using an ambulance a child could be taken out hidden under the stretcher.
2 . Escape through the courthouse.
3. A child could be taken out using the sewer pipes or other secret underground passages.
4. A trolley could carry out children hiding in a sack, in a trunk, a suitcase or something similar.
5. If a child could pretend to be sick or was acutally very ill, it could be legally removed using the ambulance.
According to some reports, she also had a dog in the back, that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in, and out of the ghetto to cover the kids/infants noises!
In 1943, Sendler was arrested by the Gestapo, severely tortured, and sentenced to death. Żegota saved her by bribing German guards on the way to her execution.
Irena Sendler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, but she did not receive the prize.
The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was eventually awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and former Vice President of the United States Al Gore.